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Denmark's PM: meeting with Dalai Lama 'personal'

May 28, 2009

The Copenhagen Post (Denmark)
May 27, 2009

China policy will not be a topic of discussion
during the prime minister’s meeting with the exiled Tibetan leader

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen underscored
on Tuesday that his meeting with the Dalai Lama
on Friday at his official residence will be a ‘personal’ visit.

Rasmussen made the announcement during his weekly
press conference after an official protest by the
Chinese Embassy about his meeting with the Tibetan leader in-exile.

‘This is a personal meeting that has nothing to
do with the government or Denmark’s policy towards China,’ Rasmussen said.

The Dalai Lama travels to Denmark on Friday to
hold a two-day course and is scheduled to meet
with the prime minister on Friday evening.

In addition, he will meet with members of
parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and  Foreign Policy Council on Saturday.

During his previous visit to Denmark in 2003, the
Dalai Lama was received by then-Prime Minister
Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The Chinese Embassy issued
a protest at that time as well.
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